January 28, 2012

Florida preview

Today will be a showdown of top 25 teams as No. 16 Mississippi State travels to take on 13th ranked Florida at 12:30 p.m. CT.

The matchup will feature two of the top five offenses in the Southeastern Conference as well as three of the top five scorers in the league.

The Gators lead the overall series 57-49 but MSU has claimed four of the last five games. Florida is 36-13 against the Bulldogs in Gainesville winning the last meeting inside the O'Connell Center 69-62 in 2010.

State claimed last year's game 71-64 in Starkville behind a 24-point performance from Dee Bost, who drained 4-of-8 behind the arc. In four career games against the Gators, Bost is averaging 12 points and 5.8 assists while shooting 48.5-percent from the floor.

Rick Stansbury is 8-8 all-time against Florida.

The Bulldogs enter today's game at 17-4 overall and 4-2 in conference action. Mississippi State has won four of its last five games including a 76-71 victory over LSU at home Wednesday night getting 28 points and 12 rebounds from Arnett Moultrie.

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